BIOGRAPHIES OF ROUNDTABLE MEMBERS
Cato T. Laurencin (Chair) is the eighth designated University Professor in the 135-year history of the University of Connecticut. He is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaeic Surgery. He is also the chief executive officer of The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering and the director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical, and Engineering Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Laurencin earned a B.S.E. in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and his M.D., magna cum laude, from the Harvard Medical School, and received the Robinson Award for Surgery. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was named a Hugh Hampton Young Fellow. A practicing sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, Dr. Laurencin has been named to America’s Top Doctors for more than 15 years. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Surgical Association. He received the Nicolas Andry Award, the highest honor of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. Dr. Laurencin served as dean of the Medical School and vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Laurencin is a pioneer of the new field, regenerative engineering. He is an expert in
biomaterials science, stem cell technology and nanotechnology, and was named one of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and received the Founder’s Award from the Society for Biomaterials. Dr. Laurencin received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award, the NIH’s highest and most prestigious research award, for his new field of regenerative engineering, and the National Science Foundation’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Grant Award. Dr. Laurencin is the editor-in-chief of Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine, published by Springer Nature, and is the founder of the Regenerative Engineering Society. He is a fellow of the American Chemical Society, a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, a fellow of the Materials Research Society, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS awarded Dr. Laurencin the Philip Hauge Abelson Prize given “for signal contributions to the advancement of science in the United States.” Dr. Laurencin is active in mentoring, especially underrepresented minority students. He received the AAAS Mentor Award, the Beckman Award for Mentoring, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in ceremonies at the White House. The Society for Biomaterials established the Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. Travel Fellowship in his honor, awarded to underrepresented minority students pursuing research. Dr. Laurencin is also active in addressing health disparities. He completed the program in African-American Studies at Princeton University and is a core faculty member of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, and serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, published by Springer Nature. He co-founded the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute, dedicated to addressing Health Disparities, and served as its founding chair. The W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute and the National Medical Association established the Cato T. Laurencin Lifetime Research Achievement Award, given during the opening ceremonies of the National Medical Association Meeting. Dr. Laurencin is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Active internationally, he is an elected fellow of the Indian National Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the African Academy of Sciences, The World Academy of Sciences, and is an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Olujimi Ajijola is an assistant professor in the departments of medicine-cardiology, and molecular, cellular, and integrative physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Ajijola received his B.A. from the University of Virginia, his medical degree from Duke University, and his Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and integrative physiology from UCLA. His clinical training in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases/cardiac electrophysiology took place at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and at UCLA, respectively. Dr. Ajijola’s clinical and research interests revolve around innovative methods to control life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias by modulating the autonomic nervous system. He is also an alumnus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Medical Fellows Program, a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award (DP2), and a Young Physician Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Mark Alexander is a retired research scientist at the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. He is the former Assistant Director of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Alexander is an epidemiologist who is committed to improving health outcomes of marginalized communities. The effects of racism and social class on health are of particular interest to Dr. Alexander. He is the National Secretary of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and is a leader of the organization’s Health and Wellness Committee. He is also an advisor to numerous community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Alexander has published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the American Heart Journal, and other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Alexander’s research interests include cardiovascular disease, geriatric epidemiology, and child health. He is currently the executive director of Youth Movement, a community-based initiative dedicated to improving the health, fitness and wellbeing of Black children. Dr. Alexander received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Gilda A. Barabino is the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She holds appointments the in the departments of biomedical engineering and chemical engineering and the CUNY School of Medicine.
Prior to joining CCNY, she served as associate chair for graduate studies and professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. At Georgia Tech she also served as the inaugural vice provost for academic diversity. Prior to her appointments at Georgia Tech and Emory, she rose to the rank of full professor of chemical engineering and served as vice provost for undergraduate education at Northeastern University. She is a noted investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, cellular and tissue engineering, and race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. Dr. Barabino received her B.S. in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is past president of BMES and past president of AIMBE. Her many honors include an honorary degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, and the Pierre Galetti Award, AIMBE’s highest honor. Dr. Barabino is a trustee of Xavier University of Louisiana and a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Engineering, the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering and the National Academies Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She has served on the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council, and the National Academies Committee on the Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academia. Dr. Barabino consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development, and faculty development. She is the founder and executive director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.
Cedric M. Bright, M.D., FACP, is the associate dean for admissions, interim associate dean for diversity affairs and a full professor of internal medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Order of the Golden Fleece, and served as the 112th president of the National Medical Association from 2011 to 2012. He has previously held academic appointments at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, the Durham VA, and Brown University. Dr. Bright also was the chair the board of directors at
the Lincoln Community Health Center as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Durham and Orange counties; has spoken about health disparities at the White House and before the Congressional Black Caucus; was a medical ambassador to Ghana; and has served as a mentor for the Student National Medical Association. He is a dedicated leader in delivering patient equity through broader access, and is a staunch proponent of health care reform.
L. D. Britt, a proud native of Suffolk, Virginia, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine, has strong southern roots and is the product of the public school system. He attended the University of Virginia and was named to the Dean’s List each of his eight semesters. He received his B.A. with distinction. Dr. Britt, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, is the Brickhouse Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is the author of 300 scientific publications (with more than 231 being peer-reviewed articles). In addition, he is the author of three textbooks, including a recent edition of the highly touted Acute Care Surgery (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens, Medford, NJ). He serves on numerous editorial boards, including the Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, World Journal of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the American Journal of Surgery (Associate Editor), the Journal of Trauma, Shock, Journal of Surgical Education, the American Surgeon, and others. In addition, he is a reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Britt, a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, is the recipient of the nation’s highest teaching award in medicine—the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, which is given by the Association of American Medical Colleges in conjunction with Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was honored by the Association of Surgical Education with its lifetime achievement award—the Distinguished Educator Award—given annually to one person considered by his peers to be a true master. More than 200 institutions throughout the world have invited him to be their distinguished visiting professor. He was recently the William P. Longmire, M.D., Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Britt is the past president of the Society of Surgical Chairs and the past chairman of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Surgery. In addition, he is the past secretary of the Southern Surgical Association, the past recorder/program chair for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and past president of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Halsted Society, and the Southern Surgical Association. Dr. Britt is the past chairman of the Board of Regents of the American
College of Surgeons. He is also the past president of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American Surgical Association. At the inaugural presidential ceremony held in Washington, DC, during the 96th annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Britt was awarded the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion for his outstanding achievements in medicine. The Honorable Regina Benjamin, M.D., the 18th U.S. Surgeon General, presented this award at a formal ceremony. Dr. Britt was also appointed to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Clinical Scholar Program National Advisory Committee. The National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (in collaboration with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture) featured Dr. Britt for his contributions to academic surgery. President George W. Bush recognized Dr. Britt’s leadership role in medicine and nominated him to the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University (confirmed by the U.S. Senate). At the end of his tenure, Dr. Britt was awarded the coveted Distinguished Service Medal. The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) also awarded him the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award. An active participant in the community, Dr. Britt has received numerous awards for public service. Dr. Britt is the recipient of the 2010 Colgate Darden Citizen of the Year Award and the 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Award. The Atlanta Post recently highlighted him as one of the top 21 Black doctors in America. Ebony magazine recently listed him as one of the most influential African Americans in the nation. At the 2012 annual meeting of the American Surgical Association, Dr. Britt became the 132nd president of the organization. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by the president of Tuskegee University. Dr. Britt was also elected to the position of commissioner of the Joint Commission (formerly JACHO). In 2012, he was conferred an Honorary Fellowship in the French Academy of Surgery, and the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Having recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, Dr. Britt now has the distinction of receiving the highest honor given by each of the four Royal Colleges in the United Kingdom. Dr. Britt, author of the term “Acute Care Surgery” and one of the principal architects of this emerging specialty, was the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Roswell Park Medal for which he was honored for his major contributions to American surgery. At the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Britt was bestowed the unique honor of being recognized as a “Master of Critical Care Medicine” by the American College of Critical
Care Medicine. In 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Dr. Britt to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. In addition, the Southern Surgical Association awarded Dr. Britt the organization’s highest accolade—Honorary Fellowship—at its 2015 annual meeting. In the spring of 2016, Dr. Britt was awarded the Urban League of Hampton Roads Professor Marian Capps Memorial Award for his accomplishments in community service through education. At the 148th commencement at Howard University, Dr. Britt was conferred an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Science). His co-honorees included President Barack Obama, activist and award-winning actor Cicely Tyson, and Ambassador Dawson. The summer of 2016 serendipitously, Dr. Britt conducted his 200th visiting professorship at Cook County Hospital in Chicago (where Dr. Britt completed his residency training). He was the inaugural John A. Barrett, M.D., lecturer that kicked off the 50th anniversary celebration for Cook County Hospital Trauma Unit. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). He is the first and only faculty member from his institution to receive this distinction—considered one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine. Dr. Britt was awarded, as the principal investigator, a multimillion dollar NIH-R01 research grant (1 R01 MD011695-01). He was also recently awarded, as the co-investigator (CO-I) another multimillion dollar NIH-RO1 research grant (1 R01 MD011685-01). The Mayo Clinic bestowed upon Dr. Britt one of the institutions highest honors by appointing him to be the Donald Balfour Visiting Professor. In addition to the unveiling of his latest edition of the textbook, Acute Care Surgery (Wolters Kluwer), Dr. Britt was inducted into the inaugural class of the Academy of Master Surgeons Educators of the American College of Surgeons in October 2018. He is a founding member of the Academy. In 2019, Dr. Britt was awarded the Silbergleit Award given by the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. He is only the third individual to receive this recognition for his sustained leadership role as an accomplished program director.
Kimberly Bryant is the founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Ms. Bryant was awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area, named by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology,” and named
to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists in 2013. Ms. Bryant was named a White House Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color and received an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institute.
André L. Churchwell is Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., chair and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s chief diversity officer, and a professor of medicine (cardiology), professor of radiology and radiological sciences, professor of biomedical engineering, and senior associate dean for diversity affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He was named the 2005 Walter R. Murray Jr. Distinguished Alumnus by the Association of Vanderbilt Black Alumni. The award recognizes lifetime achievements in personal, professional, and community arenas. Dr. Churchwell graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering magna cum laude in 1975. He won the Biomedical Engineering Student Program Award that same year. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979 and later completed his internship, residency, and cardiology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals in Atlanta. In addition, he was the first African American chief medical resident at Grady Memorial Hospital (1984-1985). Dr. Churchwell received the J. Willis Hurst Award for Best Clinical Teacher in 1991 from Emory, and in 2004 he was named the Emory University School of Medicine Resident Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award winner. For the past 10 years he has been named one of the nation’s top cardiologists in “The Best Doctors in America.” In 1986, while at Emory University, he was also named Most Outstanding House Officer, made an honorary Morehouse Medical School class member, and he received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Medical Faculty Development Award. In 2010, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. Along with his physician brothers Kevin and Keith, he received the 2011 Trumpet Award for Medicine. He serves on many medical school committees including the Admission and Promotion Committees and recently was named dean of diversity for undergraduate medical education to add to his current role in the dean’s office. In 2012 and 2013, the Vanderbilt University Organization of Black Graduate and Professional Students honored Dr. Churchwell with one of the organization’s first Distinguished Faculty Awards. He was also recognized with an American Registry Most Compassionate Doctor Award. From 2010 to 2013, he has been awarded the Professional Research Consultants’ Five-Star Excellence Award—Top
10% Nationally for “Excellent” Responses for Medical Specialty Services and Overall Quality. In 2014, he was honored as one of the Top 15 Most Influential African American Medical Educators by Black Health magazine. Furthermore, he was elected in 2012 to serve as the southern representative for the Group on Diversity and Inclusion for the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges). Since 2011, he has served on the editorial board of the Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology: A Journal of the Biomedical Engineering Society. In 2013, he helped create the Hurst-Logue-Wenger Cardiovascular Fellows Society (HLWCFS) of Emory University School of Medicine and was elected the first president of HLWCFS.
Theodore Corbin is vice chair for research and an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine. He also serves as the medical director of the “Healing Hurt People” Program, an emergency department–based, trauma-informed intervention strategy that identifies victims of intentional injury. Dr. Corbin received his Master of Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Recipient of the 2017 Drexel University College of Medicine Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Corbin also co-directs the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at Drexel University School of Public Health, where he holds a joint appointment. He was awarded a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship and an Annie E. Casey Foundation grant to explore the impact of PTSD on violently injured youth and young adults, and to evaluate the effectiveness of Healing Hurt People. His work focuses broadly on addressing the trauma in the lives of victims of violence, especially boys and men of color for whom violence is a leading cause of disability and death.
George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D., is Dean and Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also professor of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology. Prior to becoming dean he was the director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Daley received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard (1982), a Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989), working with Nobel Laureate David Baltimore, and his M.D., summa cum laude, from Harvard Medical School (1991). Dr. Daley pursued clinical training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief resident
(1994-1995), and a clinical fellowship in hematology/oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospitals. He remains a staff member in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Daley’s research uses mouse and human disease models to study cancer and blood disorders. Dr. Daley has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, the American Pediatric Societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was an inaugural winner of the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award (2004), and has won the E. Donnall Thomas Prize of the American Society of Hematology. He was a founding executive committee member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, served as president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (2007-2008), and anchored the special task forces that produced the society’s guidelines for stem cell research and clinical translation (2006, 2008, 2016). He was on the organizing committee for both the 2015 and 2018 International Summits on Human Genome Editing and has advocated publicly for responsible international guidelines for attempts at germline genome editing.
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., was appointed the 17th president of Howard University in 2014. He previously served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. A distinguished scholar and administrator, Dr. Frederick has advanced Howard University’s commitment to student opportunity, academic innovation, public service, and fiscal stability. Under his leadership, Howard University is now ranked as a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report. Early in his tenure as president, Dr. Frederick pursued initiatives to streamline and strengthen university operations. He has overseen a series of reform efforts, including the expansion of academic offerings, establishing innovative programs to support student success, and the modernization of university facilities.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Frederick was admitted to Howard University’s B.S./M.D. dual degree program. He completed the requirements for both degrees in 6 years, allowing him to earn his Bachelor of Science degree and his medical degree by the age of 22. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Howard University’s School of Business in 2011.
Following his post-doctoral research and surgical oncology fellowships at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Frederick
began his academic career as associate director of the Cancer Center at the University of Connecticut. Upon his return to Howard University, his academic positions included associate dean in the College of Medicine, division chief in the Department of Surgery, director of the Cancer Center, and deputy provost for health sciences.
Dr. Frederick is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, abstracts, and editorials and is a widely recognized expert on disparities in health care and medical education. He continues to operate and also gives lectures to second-year medical students and surgical residents of Howard University’s College of Medicine. His medical research focuses on narrowing racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in cancer-care outcomes, especially about gastrointestinal cancers. Dr. Frederick also devotes his time to writing and speaking on salient topics in higher education including the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, campus intellectual diversity, the underrepresentation of African American men in medical school, and gender equity on college campuses.
In 2019, Dr. Frederick was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center for his contributions to the medical field. Dr. Frederick has received various awards honoring his scholarship and service. In January 2017, the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors elected Dr. Frederick to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch. He was presented with the Diaspora Public Diplomacy Leadership Award by the Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his contributions to strengthening Trinidad and Tobago-United States bilateral relations through excellence in global educational leadership. In May 2016, President Barack H. Obama appointed Dr. Frederick to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Frederick has also received the National Association of Health Services Executives’ Congressional Black Caucus Distinguished Leadership in Health Care Award, and a Congressional Citation for Distinguished Service, presented by the Honorable Barbara Lee on the Occasion of Caribbean-American Heritage Month. In 2015, Dr. Frederick was also recognized by the then president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his appointment as president of Howard University. Most recently, Dr. Frederick was appointed to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Frederick is a member of surgical and medical associations, including the American Surgical Association and the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Frederick has also been featured as one of “America’s Best Physicians” by Black Enterprise magazine. He was named one of Ebony magazine’s “Power 100,” and recognized as a “Super Doctor” in The Washington Post Magazine. In 2017, he was named “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian magazine and in 2015 was named “Male President of the Year” by HBCU Digest and was inducted into the St. Mary’s College, Port of Spain, Trinidad Hall of Fame.
Garth Graham is a leading authority on social determinants of health. President of the Aetna Foundation and vice president of community health for Aetna, Inc., he is also a cardiologist and public health expert. Dr. Graham oversees the community health initiatives for the Foundation and Aetna, Inc., bringing his experience as a former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Obama and Bush administrations, where he also ran the Office of Minority Health. He directed the development of the federal government’s first National Health Disparities Plan released under the Obama administration. Dr. Graham has been a contributor to The Hill, the Chicago Tribune, Fortune, Quartz, Health Affairs, and Ebony, and has been featured in Essence, CNN, and the New York Times among others. His original research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, and other publications. Along with his role at the Aetna Foundation, Dr. Graham is a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the Foundation, in his role as the assistant dean for health policy at the University of Florida School of Medicine, Dr. Graham led several research initiatives looking at how to improve outcomes and readmission rates in cardiac patients in underserved populations. He contributes to several boards including being named by the President to the U.S. Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associational National Quality Oversight Committee, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Data Standards and many others. Dr. Graham holds a medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a master’s in public health from Yale School of Public Health, and a bachelor of science in biology from Florida International University in Miami. He completed clinical training in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins. He holds three board certifications: internal medicine, cardiology, and interventional cardiology.
Paula T. Hammond is a David H. Koch Professor in Engineering and the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her laboratory designs polymers and nanoparticles for drug delivery and energy-related applications including batteries and fuel cells. She is an intramural faculty member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and an Associate Editor of ACS Nano.
Evelyn Hammonds is a member of the faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She was the first senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Harvard (2005-2008). From 2008 to 2013 she served as dean of Harvard College. She holds honorary degrees from Spelman College and Bates College. Professor Hammonds is the director of the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. Professor Hammonds earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University, an S.M. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in physics from Spelman College. In 2010 she was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and in 2014 to the President’s Commission on Excellence in Higher Education for African Americans. She has published articles on the history of disease, race and science, African American feminism, African American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and analyses of gender and race in science and medicine. Professor Hammonds’ current research focuses on diversity in STEM fields; the intersection of scientific, medical and socio-political concepts of race in the United States; and genetics and society. Professor Hammonds served two terms on the Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), the congressionally mandated oversight committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Professor Hammonds was appointed to the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Academies in 2017. She was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2018.
Ian D. Henry, Ph.D., is a section head in R&D at Procter & Gamble. A native of Marion, IN, Dr. Henry earned his B.A. in chemistry from Earlham College in 2001 and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Purdue University in 2008, where he studied under Dr. M. Daniel Raftery. Currently, Dr. Henry leads the Analytical group for P&G’s global feminine care business.
Prior to Feminine Care, Dr. Henry led the Qualitative Mass Spectrometry group in the Trace Analysis Capability and the Analytical Digital Platforms group in corporate R&D. An analytical chemist with a background in bio-analytical NMR Spectroscopy, Dr. Henry started his P&G journey in the Beauty business, supporting innovation programs for brands such as Olay, Safeguard, Pantene, and Head & Shoulders. During his tenure in Beauty, he was an original member of the Centric Team, a grassroots-led group of Black Ph.D. scientists who led fundamental hair studies and value proposition creation that resulted in the startup of focused product initiatives for consumers of African ancestry, most notably Pantene Gold Series, H&S Royal Oils and, more recently, the My Black Is Beautiful brand. The team’s work earned both CTO Pathfinder and P&G Diversity and Inclusion Award honors. In 2016, Dr. Henry was selected as a Great Leader Under 40 by LEAD Cincinnati. Beyond work, Dr. Henry is the vice president of the Cincinnati Chapter of NOBCChE and active in the local Cincinnati Section of the ACS, where he is involved in STEM outreach throughout the greater Cincinnati region. Since 2012, Dr. Henry has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Earlham College, where he leads the Diversity Committee. He is also a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, serving since 2010.
Lynne M. Holden, M.D. is the co-founder and president of Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. (MIM). MIM is a national health and science youth development nonprofit organization. The mission of MIM is to expose, inspire, educate, and equip students to become biomedical professionals through academic enrichment, leadership development, civic engagement, and mentoring. MIM has reached nearly 52,000 students, parents, and educators from elementary school through medical school and recruited 1,500 health and science volunteers. Dr. Holden provides the overall leadership, creates the organizational strategy, recruits volunteers, facilitates program development, and establishes collaborative partnerships.
Dr. Holden earned her B.S. in zoology from Howard University, graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed her residency in emergency medicine at the Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She is a practicing emergency department physician at Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, NY. She is a professor of emergency medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she has served as a co-chair of the Admissions Committee and in various leadership positions in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the largest in the country. Dr. Holden serves on several national boards includ-
ing the Friends of the National Library of Medicine and the CUNY School of Medicine. She is active in the National Medical Association on the local, regional, and national levels. She is a deacon at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
Mentoring in Medicine has earned 60 press features including JET, Essence, CNN, the New York Times, and FOX News. Dr. Holden has published extensively and received numerous awards for her work, including the Maybelline NY-Essence Empowerment through Education Award (2007), Society of Academic Emergency Visionary Educator Award (2008), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2009), Washington Post Root 100 Leader (2010), Lifetime TV Remarkable Woman (2010), American Medical Association Inspirational Physician (2016), and the United Hospital Fund Distinguished Community Service Award (2019).
Camara Phyllis Jones, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., is the 2019-2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the 144th president of the American Public Health Association (2016). She is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).
Dr. Jones is a public health leader valued for her creativity and intellectual agility. As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than simply comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions. As a social epidemiologist, her work on “race”-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond simply documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences. As a teacher, her allegories on “race” and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. She aims through her work to catalyze a National Campaign Against Racism that will mobilize and engage all Americans.
Dr. Jones was an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (1994-2000) before being recruited to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000-2014), where she served as a medical officer and research director on social determinants of health and equity. Most recently, she was a senior fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute
and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine (2013-2019). She has been elected to service on many professional boards, including her current service on the Board of Directors of the DeKalb County (Georgia) Board of Health, and the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
She is also actively sought as a contributor to national efforts to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity, including as a faculty member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Pursuing Excellence in the Clinical Learning Environment collaborative addressing Health Care Disparities, as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and as a project advisor and on-screen expert for the groundbreaking film series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Highly valued as a mentor and teacher, she is also an adjunct professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and an adjunct associate professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Her honors include the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award (Wellesley College’s highest alumnae honor, 2018), the John Snow Award (given in recognition of “enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice” by the American Public Health Association’s Epidemiology Section, 2011), and awards named after luminaries David Satcher (2003), Hildrus A. Poindexter (2009), Paul Cornely (2016), Shirley Nathan Pulliam (2016), Louis Stokes (2018), Frances Borden-Hubbard (2018), and Cato T. Laurencin (2018).
Dr. Jones earned her B.A. in molecular biology from Wellesley College, her M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in general preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins and in family practice at the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.
Orlando C. Kirton is chairman of surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Abington Jefferson Health. Dr. Kirton received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, RI, and his medical degree, cum laude, from Harvard Medical School. He served his internship and residency in surgery at SUNY and then completed fellowships in surgical critical care and surgery of trauma at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Depart-
ment of Surgery and University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida. He joined the faculty at the University of Miami from 1992 to 1999 where he achieved the academic rank of associate professor of surgery and served as the director of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital and served as the interim director of the Trauma Service. From 1999 to 2016 Dr. Kirton was the Ludwig J. Pyrtek, MD Chair in Surgery, chief of the Department of Surgery, chief of the Division of General Surgery, and associate director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He also was chief of trauma at Hartford Hospital from 2012-2016. Dr. Kirton’s current academic rank is that of professor of surgery and vice-chairman of the Department of Surgery of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Kirton is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery with additional qualification in Surgical Critical Care. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Chest Physicians, and member of the Society of University Surgeons and the American Surgical Association. In 2014 the Society of Critical Care medicine bestowed him the Master of Critical Care medicine distinction. Dr. Kirton has served as president of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association, the president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and was also past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He served on the Boards of Directors for the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the National Medical Association, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Board of Managers of The American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Kirton Received a Physician Executive M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 2015. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed, referred journals as well as authored numerous chapters and textbooks on surgical critical care, trauma, and surgical education.
John R. Lumpkin, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, a position he has held since April 2019. The Foundation seeks to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians through a focus on transforming the health care system (including oral health), expanding access to healthy food, supporting a healthy start in life for children, improving the physical conditions where people live, and strengthening the ability of communities to improve health.
Dr. Lumpkin most recently served as senior vice president, Programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). At RWJF, Dr. Lumpkin
was responsible for the Foundation’s efforts aimed at transforming health and health care systems, ensuring that everyone has access to stable and affordable health care coverage, building leadership, and engaging business toward building a Culture of Health in the United States. These efforts helped to catalyze fundamental changes in health and health care systems to achieve measurably better outcomes for all by maintaining high-quality, effective, and value-laden health care, public health, and population health services.
Before joining RWJF in April 2003, Dr. Lumpkin served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for 12 years. During his more than 17 years with the department, he served as acting director and prior to that as associate director.
Dr. Lumpkin has participated directly in the health and health care system, first practicing emergency medicine and teaching medical students and residents at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. He is the past chairman of the board of directors of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the major teaching hospital of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. After earning his M.P.H. in 1985, he began caring for the more than 12 million people of Illinois as the first African American director of the state public health agency with more than 1,300 employees in seven regional offices, three laboratories, and locations in Springfield and Chicago. He led improvements to programs dealing with women’s and men’s health, information and technology, emergency and bioterrorism preparedness, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, local health department coverage, and the state’s laboratory services.
Dr. Lumpkin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics. He has been chairman of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Council on Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition, the advisory committee to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century. He has served on the boards of directors for the Public Health Foundation and National Quality Forum, as president of the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine, and as speaker and board of director’s member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has received the Arthur McCormack Excellence and Dedication in Public Health Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the Jonas Salk Health
Leadership Award, and the Leadership in Public Health Award from the Illinois Public Health Association. Dr. Lumpkin also has been the recipient of the Bill B. Smiley Award, Alan Donaldson Award, African American History Maker, and Public Health Worker of the Year of the Illinois Public Health Association. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Dr. Lumpkin earned his M.D. and B.M.S. degrees from Northwestern University Medical School and his M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He was the first African American trained in emergency medicine in the country after completing his residency at the University of Chicago. He has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Shirley Malcom is Head of Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The directorate includes AAAS programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. Dr. Malcom was head of the AAAS Office of Opportunities in Science from 1979 to 1989. Between 1977 and 1979, she served as program officer in the Science Education Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to this, she held the rank of assistant professor of biology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and for 2 years was a high school science teacher. Dr. Malcom serves on several boards, including the Howard Heinz Endowment. She is an honorary trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, a Regent of Morgan State University, and a trustee of Caltech. She has chaired a number of national committees addressing education reform and access to scientific and technical education, careers and literacy. Dr. Malcom is a former trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a fellow of the AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, she received the Public Welfare Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, the highest award bestowed by the Academy.
Cora Bagley Marrett is the former deputy director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), a position she held from 2011 to 2014. She previously held the position of senior advisor (2009-2011), except for 6 months when she served as the Foundation’s acting director. She has also been a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, where she has held tenure since 1974; she took leave from the university in 2007 to join the NSF as assistant director for education and human resources. From 1992 to 1996 Dr.
Marrett was assistant director for social, behavioral, and economic sciences at the NSF. From 1996 to 1998 she served by appointment on the Board of Governors of the Argonne National Laboratory and was a member of a peer-review oversight group for the National Institutes of Health. From 1997 to 2001, she was provost, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, and a professor of sociology and Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Throughout her career, Dr. Marrett has worked to expand opportunities for minorities. She is credited with having brought scholars of color into the field of sociology and with working actively to improve conditions of inequality revealed by sociological research. Dr. Marrett earned a B.A. in sociology from Virginia Union University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, also in sociology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received an honorary doctorate from Wake Forest University in 1996 and from Virginia Union University in 2011. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996 and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998. In 2008 the American Sociological Association recognized her many contributions with the Johnson-Cox-Frazier Award, and the Wisconsin Alumni Association honored her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Letters and Science.
Alfred Mays is a program officer at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Mr. Mays is responsible for managing grant competitions in science education and diversity of science. He also works closely with the North Carolina (NC) Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. Prior to Mr. Mays assuming this role, he served as an independent consultant with a service delivery that included strategic planning, project incubation, design, and implementation of a number of initiatives within education agencies and organizations. Mr. Mays was the founder of EdSync Strategies, Inc., an education contract service that provided assistance to NC eLearning Commission, NC STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Learning Network, rural NC public school systems, and the Public School Forum. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the assistant director of the Collaborative Project, an initiative that “sought to strengthen participating school systems serving low-income students in rural areas of the state.” Mr. Mays has also worked with the University of North Carolina General Administration, serving as the director of information resources and director of special projects. Mr. Mays received his B.S. from Wilmington
College and his M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1994, providing information system and data management support for various U.S. Air Force missions.
Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., FACOG, provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her transformational leadership acumen and strategic thinking to tackle challenging management issues, she has a track record of redesigning complex organizations’ infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success through sustainability tactics.
The sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution, Dr. Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.
Prior to joining MSM, Dr. Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers. Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.
Dedicated to the creation and advancement of health equity, Dr. Montgomery Rice lends her vast experience and talents to programs that enhance pipeline opportunities for academically diverse learners, diversifies the physician and scientific workforce, and fosters equity in health care access and health outcomes. She holds memberships in various organizations and participates on a number of boards, such as the following: member, National Academy of Medicine, and board of directors for National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, The Metro Atlanta Chamber, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, The Nemours Foundation, UnitedHealth Group, Westside Future Fund, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Deans, and Horatio Alger Association.
Dr. Montgomery Rice has received numerous accolades and honors. She was named to the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans and received the 2017 Horatio Alger Award. For three consecutive years (2016-2018) Georgia Trend Magazine selected Dr. Montgomery Rice
as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Other honors include the following: The Turknett Leadership Character Award (2018), Visions of Excellence Award, Atlanta Business League (2018), Links Incorporated Co-Founders Award (2018), Trumpet Vanguard Award (2015), The Dorothy I. Height Crystal Stair Award (2014), National Coalition of 100 Black Women—Women of Impact (2014), YWCA—Women of Achievement of Atlanta (2014) and Nashville (2007), American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Medal (2011), and Working Mother Media Multicultural Women’s Legacy Award (2011).
A Georgia native, Dr. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and an honorary degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree from Rush University; all reflect her lifetime commitment to education, service, and the advancement of health equity. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital.
Randall C. Morgan is the executive director of the W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute and an orthopedic surgeon who practices in Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. He serves as founder and president of University Park Orthopedics in that community. He is also clinical associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Florida State University School of Medicine. Dr. Morgan also served as the 95th president of the National Medical Association during the years 1996 and 1997. He was the first board certified orthopedic surgeon to hold that position. Dr. Morgan is a true pioneer in his profession and was among the first surgeons to perform total joint replacement surgery at Northwestern University. Dr. Morgan has practiced medicine in Evanston, IL, as well as in his hometown of Gary, IN, for more than 30 years prior to his relocation to Sarasota. With the assistance of his father, Mr. Randall C. Morgan, Sr., he founded the Orthopedic Centers of Northwest Indiana and served as its president from 1975 to 1999. The center was once the largest minority-owned orthopedic practice in the United States. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Managed Care Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Elizabeth Ofili is professor of medicine in cardiology at the Morehouse School of Medicine and chief medical officer of the Morehouse Choice
Accountable Care Organization. She is a national and internationally recognized clinician scientist with particular focus on cardiovascular disparities and women’s health. Dr. Ofili has been continuously funded by the NIH and industry/foundations since 1994, with a track record in clinical trials that impact health disparities. In 2002, as president of the Association of Black Cardiologists, she led the initiative to implement the landmark African American Heart Failure Trial, whose findings led to a change in practice guidelines for the treatment of heart failure in African Americans. Over the past 17 years, she has led the growth of the clinical research infrastructure and training programs at Morehouse School of Medicine with awards totaling more than $150 million, including serving as the founding director of the U54 center of clinical research excellence, the community physicians network, the U54 Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Center of Excellence for Clinical and Translational Research, and the R25 clinical research education and career development program. Dr. Ofili has mentored more than 30 M.D. and Ph.D. clinical and translational science investigators, many of who remain at MSM. She has mentored more than 25 underrepresented minority STEM undergraduates and high school students through funding from NASA and the Minority Biomedical Research Students program. She is the senior co-PI of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI), a citywide collaborative Clinical and Translational Science Awards program at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Georgia Institute of Technology, along with their partnering health systems and statewide research organizations. Since 2007, ACTSI has engaged more than 673 investigators and 134 postdoctoral and predoctoral trainees in discovery science, training, and community engagement. Dr. Ofili has led successful multi-institutional collaborations through the ACTSI and the RCMI Translational Research Network of 18 historically Black, Hispanic, and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) across the nation, and was lead author of a publication on models of partnerships between HBCUs/MSIs and research intensive institutions. Dr. Ofili holds a patent for “a system and method for chronic illness care,” and is the recipient of more than 20 national and international awards, including the 2003 National Library of Medicine’s “Changing the Face of Medicine, the Rise of America’s Women,” the Daniel Savage Memorial Science Award from the Association of Black Cardiologists, America’s Top Doctors by Black Enterprise magazine and 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders by Atlanta Business Chronicle. She has delivered more than 600 scientific presentations and published more than 130 scientific papers in national and international journals. As an
AAMC 2007 Council of Dean Fellow, Dr. Ofili led a project on best practices to sustaining the biomedical and physician workforce. She has advised the NIH on diversity in the biomedical research workforce, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Clinical Center (NIH), and on the AAMC advisory panel on research. She is an elected member of the Association of University Cardiologists, and is on the board of directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Vivian Pinn was the first full-time director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health, an appointment she held since 1991 and as NIH associate director for research on women’s health since 1994 prior to her retirement in August 2011. Since her retirement, she has been named as a senior scientist emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center. Dr. Pinn came to NIH from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC, where she had been professor and chair of the Department of Pathology from 1982 until 1991. Dr. Pinn had previously held teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University, where she was also assistant dean for student affairs. A special tribute by Senator Olympia Snowe on Dr. Pinn’s retirement was published in the Congressional Record in November 2011 commending her contributions during her NIH tenure. The Association of American Medical Colleges awarded her a Special Recognition Award for exceptional leadership over a 40-year career. She has received numerous honors and recognitions, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 1995. A graduate and Alumna Achievement Award recipient as well as former Trustee of Wellesley College, she earned her M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the only woman or minority in her class. She completed her postgraduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pinn has received 17 Honorary Degrees of Science, Law, and Medicine, and the University of Virginia School of Medicine has named one of its four advisory medical student colleges as “The Pinn College” in her honor. Tufts University School of Medicine in 2011 announced the “The Vivian W. Pinn Office of Student Affairs,” named for her at the time her former medical students dedicated a scholarship in her name. She has held leadership positions in many professional organizations, including President of the National Medical Association (NMA) and is currently Chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council. Dr. Pinn currently serves on the Board of Trustees/Advisors of
Thomas Jefferson University and Tufts University School of Medicine. She was recently elected to Modern Healthcare’s Hall of Fame, the first African American woman to be so honored, and received the Outstanding Woman Leader in Healthcare Award from the University of Michigan. Dr. Pinn also holds the position of Professor, Institute for Advanced Discovery and Innovation at the University of South Florida.
Joan Y. Reede is the dean for diversity and community partnership and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Dr. Reede also holds appointments as professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is an assistant in health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority, women, LGBT, and faculty with disabilities at HMS. This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede also serves as the director of the Minority Faculty Development Program; program director of the Faculty Diversity Program of the Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, and chair of the HMS Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Reede has served on a number of boards and committees including the Secretary’s Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health; the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce; the National Children’s Study Advisory Committee of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Advisory Committee to the Deputy Director for Intramural Research of the National Institutes of Health. Some of her past affiliations include the Steering Committee and Task Force for the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS); past co-chair of the Bias Review Committee of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director’s Working Group on Diversity; the Association of American Medical Colleges Careers in Medicine Committee (AAMC); past chair of the AAMC Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI). Dr. Reede served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Public Health, and she was the guest editor for the AAMC 2012 special issue, “Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine” of Academic Medicine. She is a past chair of the National Academy of Medicine’s Interest Group 08 on Health of Populations/Health Disparities. In 2018, Dr. Reede was appointed to the National Advisory
Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NACMHD). Dr. Reede is an authority in the area of workforce development and diversity. Her colleagues and mentees have recognized her with a number of awards that include the Herbert W. Nickens Award from AAMC and the Society of General Medicine in 2005; election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2009; the 2011 Diversity Award from the Association of University Professors; and in 2012 she was the recipient of an Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award. In 2013 she received an Exemplar STEM Award from the Urban Education Institute at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina, and in 2015, she was the Distinguished Woman Scientist and Scholar ADVANCE Lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Dr. Reede was recognized by her medical school classmates as a recipient of The Mount Sinai Alumni Association and Icahn School of Medicine 2015 Jacobi Medallion for extraordinary leaders in health care, and in 2017 she was nominated by her peers, and received a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Award.
Louis W. Sullivan is the chairman and chief executive officer of The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. He is also chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, which aims to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors. Dr. Sullivan served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2002–2009 and was cochair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001 to 2006. With the exception of his tenure as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Sullivan was president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) for more than 2 decades. As Secretary of HHS, Dr. Sullivan’s efforts to improve the health and health behavior of Americans included (1) the introduction of a new and improved FDA food label; (2) release of Healthy People 2000, a guide for improved health promotion/disease prevention activities; (3) education of the public about health dangers from tobacco use; (4) successful efforts to prevent the introduction of “Uptown,” a non-filtered, mentholated cigarette by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company; (5) inauguration of a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and (6) implementation of greater gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of HHS, including the appointment of the first female director of the NIH, the first female and first Hispanic Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, and the first African American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
Lamont Terrell graduated salutatorian from Texas Southern University (TSU) as a Frederick Douglas honor scholar earning a B.S degree in chemistry in 1995. While at TSU, his life as a research scientist began doing undergraduate research focusing on the synthesis of inorganic compounds with environmental applications. He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 in organic chemistry from Michigan State University (MSU) under the direction and guidance of Professor Robert Maleczka. His graduate studies consisted of the total synthesis of the antiluekemic natural product amphidinolide A and the development of catalytic tin hydride reactions. Upon completion of his graduate studies at MSU, he continued his synthetic training with a 2-year postdoctoral stint with Professor Barry Trost at Stanford University. The focus of his postdoctoral studies was the development of a catalytic dinuclear zinc asymmetric Mannich reaction. He began his career in drug discovery as a medicinal chemist at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2003 in its cardiovascular medicinal chemistry group. He spent 11 years doing small molecule lead optimization primarily focusing on cardiovascular disease targets. Outside of leading science, Dr. Terrell is passionately involved with community and outreach efforts. He has been involved with the recruitment of scientists at all levels into the chemistry community. He leads the GSK chemistry recruitment team for minority conferences and serves as the lead for the African American Alliance employee resource group in the Delaware Valley. He is a leader in GSK’s inclusion and diversity efforts and a member of the R&D Inclusion council. In 2017, he decided to step away from doing science to lead the U.S. R&D Early Talent Programs and head GSK’s diversity recruitment initiative for the U.S. Pharma R&D business.
Hannah Valantine received her M.B.B.S. degree (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery—the United Kingdom’s equivalent to an M.D.) from St. George’s Hospital, London University in 1978. After that, she moved to the University of Hong Kong Medical School for specialty training in elective surgery before returning to the U.K. She was awarded a diploma of membership by the Royal College of Physicians (M.R.C.P.) in 1981. In addition, she completed postgraduate training and numerous fellowships, serving as senior house officer in Cardiology at Brompton Hospital and Registrar in Cardiology and General Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital. In 1985, Dr. Valantine moved to the United States for postdoctoral training in cardiology at Stanford University, and in 1988, she received a Doctor of Science (DSc), Medicine, from London University. Dr. Valantine became a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Cardiology Division at Stanford and rose
through the academic ranks to become a full professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and director of heart transplantation research. She came to the NHLBI in 2014 to continue her research while also serving as the first NIH chief officer of scientific workforce diversity. Dr. Valantine has received numerous awards throughout her career including a Best Doctor in America honor in 2002. She has authored more than 160 primary research articles and reviews and previously served on the editorial boards of the journals Graft and Ethnicity & Disease. Dr. Valantine is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Society of Transplant Physicians, and the American Heart Association, and past President of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate.
Clyde W. Yancy is a cardiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the chief of Cardiology Medicine, and the Magerstadt Professor of Medicine and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Yancy has received recognition for clinical and research expertise in the field of heart failure and has additional interests in cardiomyopathy, heart valve diseases, hypertension and prevention. He is an active member of the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, and the Heart Failure Society of America. His bibliography includes more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters, editorials, and review articles, consultations for the FDA, NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He has also received numerous Best Physician and Best Teaching Awards.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF WORKSHOP PRESENTERS
David A. Acosta, M.D., provides strategic vision and leadership for the Association of American Medical College’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community, and leads the association’s Diversity Policy and Programs unit. Dr. Acosta, a family medicine physician, joined the AAMC from the University of California (UC), Davis School of Medicine, where he served as senior associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer for UC Davis Health System. He previously served as the first chief diversity officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he established the Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and was the founder of the UW School of Medicine’s Center for
Cultural Proficiency in Medical Education. Dr. Acosta earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University and his medical degree from the UC, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, California, an affiliate of UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and a faculty development fellowship at the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine.
Victor J. Dzau, M.D., is the president of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). He is chancellor emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University and the past president and chief executive officer of the Duke University Health System. Previously, Dr. Dzau was the Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. Dr. Dzau has made a significant impact on medicine through his research in cardiovascular medicine and genetics, his pioneering of the discipline of vascular medicine, and his leadership in health care innovation. In his role as a leader in health care, Dr. Dzau has led efforts in health care innovation. His vision is for academic health sciences centers to lead the transformation of medicine through innovation, translation, and globalization. He has been a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH, as well as chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee and the Association of Academic Health Centers, among other leadership positions. He is the recipient of many honors, including 10 honorary doctorates.
Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate and the founder of Cook Ross. His books on identifying and addressing unconscious bias include Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives; ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance; and Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection is Tearing Our Culture Apart. He has led programs at Harvard University Medical School, Stanford University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Wharton School of Business, Duke University, Washington University Medical School, and more than 20 other colleges and universities. From 2007 to 2008, he served as the Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had served in such a position at an HBCU. He has been published by the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post,
New York Times, and other publications, and has been a regular guest on National Public Radio for more than 10 years. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign, Dignity and Respect Campaign, and National Women’s Mentoring Network. He has received many awards for his contributions. Mr. Ross received his Bachelor of Arts in history and education from the University of Maryland and completed post-graduate work in leadership and management at Wheelock College.
Richard Rothstein is a distinguished fellow of the Economic Policy Institute and a senior fellow (emeritus) at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He is the author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. He is also the author of many other articles and books on race and education, including Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap and Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right.
Vaughan Turekian, Ph.D., is the executive director of Policy and Global Affairs at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. From 2015 to 2017 he served as the science and technology adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity, he advised the Secretary of State and other senior State Department officials on international environment, science, emerging technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States. Previously, he was chief international officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy. In this capacity, he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. In addition, Dr. Turekian worked at the State Department as a special assistant and adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002-2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. He is currently the co-chair of the 10-member group of experts advising the United Nations on science, technology, and innovation in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He holds a B.S. in geology and geophysics and international studies from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he focused on the transport and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols in marine environments.
Harriet Washington is an award-winning medical writer and editor, and the author of the best-selling book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. In her work, she focuses mainly upon bioethics, history of medicine, African American health issues, and the intersection of medicine, ethics, and culture. The book won the National Book Critics Circle Nonfiction Award, a PEN award, 2007 Gustavus Myers Award, and Nonfiction Award of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Ms. Washington wrote Medical Apartheid while she was a Research Fellow in Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She has worked as a Page One editor for USA Today and as a science editor for metropolitan dailies and several national magazines. Her work has appeared in Health, Emerge, and Psychology Today, as well as such academic publications as the Harvard Public Health Review, Harvard AIDS Review, Nature, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, and New England Journal of Medicine. Her awards include the Congressional Black Caucus Beacon of Light Award, two awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, and a Unity Award from Emerge. She is the founding editor of The Harvard Journal of Minority Public Health and has presented her work at universities in the United States and abroad. Ms. Washington has taught at venues that include New School University, SUNY, the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Harvard School of Public Health, and Tuskegee University, and she has sat on the boards of many organizations. Ms. Washington has also worked as a laboratory technician, as a medical social worker, as the manager of a poison-control center/suicide hotline, and has performed as an oboist and as a classical-music announcer for WXXI-FM, a PBS affiliate in Rochester, New York.
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